Florida Facing At Least 13 Lawsuits in Wake of I-75 Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on August 22, 2012

Sarasota personal injury attorneyThe state of Florida will have to answer for its actions leading up to the deadly accidents that took place on Interstate-75 earlier this year. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently acknowledged that it has received 13 notices regarding personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

As we previously discussed on this blog, poor visibility resulted in a series of accidents that left 11 people dead and 22 injured. The primary I-75 accidents began at 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 29. The interstate had been closed for several hours because of fog and smoke from a brush fire on Paynes Prairie. After Florida Highway Patrol reported that visibility improved, I-75 was reopened. Approximately 45 minutes later, the collisions occurred.

A report issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found that troopers erred when they reopened the highway. Notably, the report found that the Florida Highway Patrol lieutenant who ordered the reopening of the foggy and smoky highway shortly before the accidents was unaware of the agency’s procedures and had no formal training in opening and reopening roads. In addition, the report noted that troopers failed to follow procedure or confer with other agencies such as the National Weather Service when they decided to reopen the highway.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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